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Look Ma, I can rhyme... ;P

I get excited by the light,

I jump from state to state,

No one can be exactly like me,

My brothers I do hate,

If when I turn one way you turn the other,

You can be my mate,

You can try to guess what I'll do next,

But I don't believe in fate.

Who am I?

For those of you whom this is obvious, please wait a little while and give others a chance to guess. Thanks!

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Not 100% sure, but sounds like an electron to me.

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anti bottom quark, It;s like a bottom burp but less charged

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anti bottom quark, It;s like a bottom burp but less charged

Haha, well, for fun, name the law/theory/phenomenon that corresponds to each line. ;P

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An electron, I have no idea what an anti bottom quark is *makes note to research it* but here's my reasoning:

I get excited by the light,

Electrons are exited by light

I jump from state to state,

Light causes them to jump the the next level (not sure if the terminology is correct)

No one can be exactly like me,

No two can have the same 4 quantum numbers

My brothers I do hate,

Electrons repel each other

If when I turn one way you turn the other,

A reference to the spin

You can be my mate,

there are two electrons per level

You can try to guess what I'll do next,

But I don't believe in fate.

You can't know both were an electron is and what it it doing, therefore you can't predict what it will do.

Who am I?

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An electron, I have no idea what an anti bottom quark is *makes note to research it* but here's my reasoning:

I get excited by the light,

Electrons are exited by light

I jump from state to state,

Light causes them to jump the the next level (not sure if the terminology is correct)

No one can be exactly like me,

No two can have the same 4 quantum numbers

My brothers I do hate,

Electrons repel each other

If when I turn one way you turn the other,

A reference to the spin

You can be my mate,

there are two electrons per level

You can try to guess what I'll do next,

But I don't believe in fate.

You can't know both were an electron is and what it it doing, therefore you can't predict what it will do.

Who am I?

Nicely done! Only thing I'd add:

The last line actually refers to the Heissenberg uncertainty principle, which basically says we can not know the exact location and trajectory of a particle, which leads to the result that *we cannot predict the future*! (which I happen to think is the most important result of quantum physics and has repercussions on philosophy and the way we should look at the world...)

Here's the line-by-line breakdown I was thinking of when I wrote the poem:

Photoexcitation

Transitions between energy levels (states)

Pauli exclusion principle

Coulomb's law (coulombic repulsion)

Electron spin

Electron pairs having opposite spin in molecular orbits (MO theory)

Schrodinger's equation/wavefunctions (probability density functions)

Heissenberg uncertainty principle

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Nicely done! Only thing I'd add:
The last line actually refers to the Heissenberg uncertainty principle, which basically says we can not know the exact location and trajectory of a particle, which leads to the result that *we cannot predict the future*! (which I happen to think is the most important result of quantum physics and has repercussions on philosophy and the way we should look at the world...)

Here's the line-by-line breakdown I was thinking of when I wrote the poem:

Photoexcitation

Transitions between energy levels (states)

Pauli exclusion principle

Coulomb's law (coulombic repulsion)

Electron spin

Electron pairs having opposite spin in molecular orbits (MO theory)

Schrodinger's equation/wavefunctions (probability density functions)

Heissenberg uncertainty principle

Coooll Dude> you stole my hypothesis.
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Coooll Dude> you stole my hypothesis.

Haha, well, I'm pretty sure others have stolen this hypothesis before both of us...in fact, I'm sure there has been like at least a couple hundred science fiction stories which include it... ;P

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i thought of a white snowflake

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